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By Victoria Mbiggide

The time to move away from the ordinary and the “it was, it is and forever shall be” is now. There is no better timing than now for re-evaluation among African agricultural education training structures. No one understands you better than you do….so the saying goes. How about identifying our own challenges, see how best to meet them, possible partners to bring on board and the necessary resources we need to tackle and address these challenges.

 

This will aid the planning process and bring focus while answering the “What” to be addressed “When” questions if tangible deliverable are to be realized. With such processes, we then expect practical development issues to appear on top when it comes to ranking and setting priority areas.

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By Pauline Atim

It is good to know that RUFORUM still thinks about us and cares about what we are doing” Mrs. Chimwemwe Chamdimba, RUFORUM Alumni now working with NEPAD.
It is great that RUFORUM organized a side session where it interacted with the Alumni students who have been in the field to listen to them in order to know the changes needed in the approach to the career path. The meeting which was hosted by Eduardo Mondlane University took the form of motivation talks by renowned personalities and Alumni who shared their personal stories and what to expect in the field as a way to build confidence among graduate students and inspire.

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Professor Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University

Professor Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University

By Richard Powell

Writing in the Ugandan daily newspaper, New Vision, in May 2014, Dr Calestous Juma

Professor of the Practice of International Development, Faculty Chair of Innovation for the Economic Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School and author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, remarked: “Making agriculture an engine for African development cannot be achieved without bringing higher technical training to those who farm – women.”

“African countries have previously focused on providing primary education mostly to its rural populations,” he continued. “There is growing consensus that a focus on primary education is insufficient in meeting the continent’s challenges … African agricultural universities have so far tended to training functionaries for the public service. New models are needed to extend higher technical training to women farmers who are the frontline innovators.”

But after listening to a key note address delivered by Professor Olive Mugenda, the incumbent Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University in Kenya, it is clear that these female frontline innovators can be significantly an critically assisted by transformative female leadership in the higher echelon of university administration systems.

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